Reverend Dennis Cooney, St. Raphael

Born June 1, 1947

Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended St. Ephrem’s Elementary School and St. John’s Preparatory High School.

Entered the seminary in September, 1964. Studied at Our Lady of Hope Junior Seminary in Newburgh N.Y. and Oblate College in Washington, D.C.

Ordained at the Basilica of The Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. in 1974

Served as Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish from 1974-1980.

Studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) from 1980-1982 and received a STL summa cum laude in 1982.

Served as an instructor at Oblate College from 1982-1983, 1990-1992.

Served as President of Oblate College from 1990-1992.

Served for seven years as Preaching Missionary on the Oblate Mission Band.

Entered the Diocese of Venice in July, 1994 and was incardinated on October 28, 1996.

Served as Associate Pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Church, Bradenton, FL. from 1994-2000.

Is presently serving as Pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Lehigh Acres, FL.

Presently serves as Moderator for Respect Life in the Diocese of Venice

Presently serves as Theological Advisor to the Family Life Center in
Greenville, South Carolina

Presently serves as the Spiritual Advisor for the Naples Founders Club of
Ave Maria University.

Presently teaches theology in the Diaconate Formation Program of the Diocese of Venice

Presently serves as spiritual director for the faculty and students at Ave Maria University

Presently serves as Chaplain for the Naples Chapter of Legatus

Presently serves on the Board of Directors of Priests for Life